Destruction Warlock DPS Spell Summary — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Motoko 40 comments
General Information

On this page, we present you with all spells and procs that you need to understand as a Destruction Warlock in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.5.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Destruction Warlock spells.


Destruction Warlock Spell Summary

If you are new to the Destruction Specialization, this is a great place to start reading and begin breaking down the key spells that hold together this specialization. On this page we will discuss what abilities your specialization uses, how they influence gameplay and resource generation, and the ways they interact with each other and your cooldowns. If you have some experience with Destruction already, it is recommended you skip over this section and move on to the rest of the guide.

In order to utilise abilities more efficiently, check out the Macros section on the Addon page.


Main Resources for Destruction Warlock

Soul Shards are the main resource of Destruction Warlocks. Each Soul shard is made up of 10 Soul Shard Fragments. Soul Shards and Fragments are generated by your filler spells and your DoT effect, and they can be spent on an extremely powerful nuke or an AoE damage over time effect. You can have a maximum of 5 Soul Shards (50 Soul Shard Fragments).

Mana is a secondary resource for Destruction Warlocks. Your main spells do not cost very much Mana to cast, and will never threaten your Mana pool. Utility spells, such as Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway, and Crowd Control abilities, such as Fear Icon Fear, cost relatively more Mana than ever before, so be wary about using them too liberally.


Unlocking Abilities

This page lists all the different abilities available after reaching max level. If you are still in the process of leveling, check out the Warlock Leveling page, which offers detailed information on when you unlock all of these abilities.


Basic Abilities for Destruction Warlock


Soul Shard Generating Abilities

Immolate Icon Immolate is a damage over time spell that deals very high damage. It generates a Soul Shard Fragment when it ticks and additional Fragment on critical strikes. This should be kept applied at all times to targets who will live for 5 seconds or more.

Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate is an instant cast spell with 2 charges. It generates 5 Soul Shard Fragments on cast, and the cooldown of the charges is reduced by Haste rating. It also reduces the cast time of Incinerate Icon Incinerate and Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt by 30% for 10 seconds for each charge used. This should be cast on cooldown for maximum Soul Shard generation.

Incinerate Icon Incinerate is your main filler. This should be cast when the previous 3 spells are unavailable or already active on your target. Incinerate Icon Incinerate generates 1 Soul Shard Fragment on hits and 2 Soul Shard Fragments on criticals.


Soul Shard Consuming Abilities

Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt consumes 2 Soul Shards and nukes the target for heavy damage. This damage is always a Critical Hit, and Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt does increased damage (1% damage per 1% crit) based on your Critical Strike rating. This should be cast when you have Soul Shards available and, ideally, an active damage cooldown or proc.

Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire consumes 3 Soul Shards and deals Fire damage in an area, over a period of 8 seconds (reduced by Haste).

For more information on how to use these abilities together in your rotation, please read our rotation page.


Talented DPS Abilities of Destruction Warlock

Soul Fire Icon Soul Fire is a single-target nuke on a 45-second cooldown that also applies Immolate Icon Immolate.

Shadowburn Icon Shadowburn is a single-target instant cast ability with 2 charges that has 50% additional Critical chance if the target has 20% health or less. It uses 1 shard but if the target dies within 5 seconds the shard cost and the charge is refunded.

Cataclysm Icon Cataclysm is a ground targeted AoE high damage spell that also applies Immolate Icon Immolate on enemies within 8 yards.

Channel Demonfire Icon Channel Demonfire is a 25 seconds cooldown channel that shoots bolts randomly at any target affected by Immolate Icon Immolate.


Cooldowns for Destruction Warlock


Damage Cooldowns for Destruction Warlock

Summon Infernal Icon Summon Infernal is our primary damage cooldown. The Infernal is a targeted ability that deals Fire damage and stuns within an AoE. Upon landing, the Infernal generates 1 Soul Shard Fragment every 0.5 seconds for the player. It deals damage every 2 seconds to all nearby targets, scaling with Haste. Infernal lasts 30 seconds and has a 3 minute cooldown period.

Havoc Icon Havoc is a 10-second (up to 12 at Level 54) debuff that can be applied once every 30 seconds. During the duration of Havoc, all your single target spells cast will also be copied to the Havoc target. Requires at least 2 targets to work.

For more information, please see our cooldown usage section on the rotation page.


Defensive Cooldowns and Tools for Destruction Warlock

Unending Resolve Icon Unending Resolve reduces damage taken by 40% for 8 seconds. Additionally, you are also immune to interrupt and silence effects for the duration. Unending Resolve has a baseline cooldown of 3 minutes.

Soul Leech Icon Soul Leech grants all single target damage done an absorption shield for 8% of damage dealt, up to a maximum of 10% of maximum player health.

Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway creates two points which players can travel between by interacting with. Players may only use the gateway once every 90 seconds.



  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 02 May 2022: Fixed tooltip and added Shadowburn.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands release: added passive effect after level 50.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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